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City Living: Queens Village

If you ask residents what life is like in Queens Village, many say it is quiet and welcoming. Neighbors in the residential nabe in eastern Queens know one another by name.
Akin to a rural town, it has one centrally located train stop, the Queens Village LIRR station, from which you can get to Penn Station in a half-hour. But by car its easily accessible via the Clearview Expressway and the Grand Central and Cross Island parkways.
According to nycgovparks.org, the Jameco or Yamecah, a Native American tribe of the Algonquin nation, originally occupied the land later known in colonial times as Little Plains. It was named Brushville in the 18th century and in 1923 was renamed Queens Village, by the LIRR Road, to differentiate the stop from the county of Queens.
The area is home to Veterans Plaza, at the intersection of Springfield Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, which honors the millions of soldiers killed and injured in World War I.
Queens Village is appealing to renters and homebuyers because it offers sizable properties. Made up mostly of independent retailers, Queens Village also has a thriving business district along Jamaica Avenue, in addition to stores on Hempstead Avenue and Springfield Boulevard.
Although, in the last 10 years locals saw businesses close and banks move out, banks are coming back and that brings back small business, observed Mohamood Ishmael, a 28-year Queens Village resident who has served as president of the Queens Village Civic Association for the last three years.
The people recently moving into this already ethnically diverse area are mainly Haitians, Latinos and immigrants from India, Ishmael said, adding that the northern part of the nabe is mostly white and the southern part is predominantly black. But locals say the cultures exist harmoniously. -- BY SYLVESTER ARENAS